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The Coach and Horses

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Kids play area
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

On the edge of Ashdown Forest, The Coach and Horses opened in 1847 when it was a simple alehouse with stabling. Today it ticks all the boxes for an attractive countryside inn. If you fancy a ramble to work up a thirst or an appetite, ask about the three routes that start at the pub door. Upon your return, you’ll find a sunny child-free terrace at the rear dominated by an enormous maple tree; children can play in the peaceful front garden, where the undulating South Downs dominate the horizon. Understated and unspoilt, the pub’s interior has retained the typical twin bar layout, with vaulted ceilings, wood-panelled walls and stone and oak flooring lending their quiet charm. The pub’s dog lazing on a bar rug sets a friendly tone, along with locals supping weekly-changing guest ales from the likes of Long Man and Dark Star; local Danehill Black Pig cider is also popular, and English sparkling wines come from the Bluebell vineyard just up the road. Relax with your drink or settle with a menu in the dedicated eating area. Dishes are traditionally English, but the cooking scores highly with the freshness of ingredients sourced as locally as possible. A good list of lighter lunches includes sweetcorn fritters with cherry tomato salsa, lime and red chilli dip; and pork rillettes with capers, cornichon, salad and toast. For those of good appetite, a starter of Horsted Keynes wild duck pastrami with caraway pickled white cabbage could be followed by pan-roasted bream with sautéed ginger, shallot, tenderstem broccoli, sesame soy dressing and straw potatoes. Typical of the desserts are apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream; and pistachio rice pudding with lemon curd and milk chocolate.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26-Dec
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 5.30-11 (Sat-Sun 12-11)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2, Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 6.30-9, Fri-Sat 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Harvey's, Hammerpot, Dark Star, Isfield Brewery, Hurst Brewery, Long Man Best Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Black Pig, Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From East Grinstead, S through Forest Row on A22 to junct with A275 (Lewes road), right on A275, 2m to Danehill, left into School Ln, 0.5m, pub on left

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